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Jan 31 2012

Best Attempts, Best Practices

Hey, fourth grade, brace yourselves. Kid-friendly Tacitus to accomodate the ancient Roman time and culture parameter. You have 15 minutes. Go.

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Jan 31 2012

Belated Resolutions…

I am magically re-inspired to spend my days, nights, and free time being a good teacher for underpriviliged students. Oh. Wait. I’m already doing that. That’s the WHOLE REASON I joined Teach for America. Wait, hold on. I’m not sure I can handle this. Teachers are supposed to WANT their kids to do WELL? Baffling. Shocking. I don’t think I can handle that kind of lifestyle. Not at all a teacher-appropriate mentality. (Wait, does this mean that they might have something against copius amounts of sarcasm??)

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Aug 10 2011

Flashback, part III: Orientation, Day 2

Daddy arrived today. I have a bed. I will have a mattress tomorrow. I will, quite possibly, have a dining room table tomorrow. My belongings will arrive tomorrow. Now that all of that is over (and it’s by no means over, but still…) I’ve realised how much of a stressor it has been. Now I…

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Aug 04 2011

Flashback, part II: Orientation, Day 1

Somewhere within the past 45 minutes, five weeks have passed. Four weeks in front of a classroom of students, at least forty sessions, eight phenomenal Instructional Leaders, one fabulous School Director, one incredible School Operations Manager, six Corps Member Advisors, one just for me and my eighteen lesson plans, three weekends, one wedding, one breakdown,…

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Aug 04 2011

Flashback, part I: Institute, Day 3

Four days ago I sat down to work on this blog. It went about this well: I started writing my first lesson plan today. Well, hopefully by the time I post this, it will be ‘I wrote…’ In some respects, I’m more energised and… Within the week, I’ll be in front of a class and…

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Jul 04 2011

Institute, Week 1

Four days ago I sat down to work on this blog. It went about this well: I started writing my first lesson plan today. Well, hopefully by the time I post this, it will be ‘I wrote…’ In some respects, I’m more energised and… Within the week, I’ll be in front of a class and…

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Jun 29 2011

Post-Induction Update

The past few days have effectively been some of the longest of my life. The notion that I arrived in Kansas City and started Induction just over a week ago is nearly inconceivable. Funnily enough, it’s also true. For the second half of the week, Induction went smoothly. Culminating, for me at least, in a…

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Jun 23 2011

Induction – Day 3

You’re hearing from the new Middle and High School ESL (English as a Second Language) History teacher at East High School. It’s beyond exciting. The first two days of Induction prepared us for the worst eventualities, priming us for late placements and potentially weeks – if not months – without an official position. And today,…

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Jun 22 2011

Induction – Day 2

My first full day as a Teach for America Corps Member ended less than four hours ago. It started thirteen and a half hours before that. Of the other 159 Corps Members here in Kansas City, I’ve already “bonded” – in whatever way can happen in two days – with a few of them over…

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